Sam Pitroda’s refusal to quit plum post puts union government in a fix
Well-placed sources at the Planning Commission told Millennium Post that Pitroda was not quitting the lucrative post to ‘save’ the jobs of about a dozen ‘outsourced’ employees whom he had recruited as part of his office.
‘The tenure of all such employees recruited on the directions of Pitroda is ending in the next couple of months. In a bid to extend the tenure of ‘outsourced’ officials, Pitroda had also written a letter to the finance ministry, which was turned down,’ the source added. ‘All these employees are drawing handsome amount ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh a month as remuneration,’ the source said.
Sources said Pitroda was holding firm on the pretext that he was adviser to the prime minister and not Dr Manmohan Singh, therefore his tenure doesn’t end with the former prime minister. The Planning Commission sources also informed that Pitroda is used to running his office from Mexico and the ousted UPA government had allowed this, which is a suitable case for investigation.
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